Taking his first win of this season today, Marc Marquez completed another perfect weekend at Circuit of the Americas, succeeding in Austin for the fifth-straight time after starting from pole position. Meanwhile, Dani Pedrosa made it a double-podium finish for Repsol Honda Team, posting a solid third-place result after leading the early going.
The Repsol Honda riders completed lap one at the front of the pack, Dani having grabbed the lead into turn one from his second-row start, with Marc following in his teammate’s slipstream for several laps before making a bid for the lead. Although Pedrosa put up a strong defence, the reigning champ took over for good on lap 9 of 21 and extended his advantage during the latter part of the race, while Dani was obliged to relinquish the runner-up position to Valentino Rossi with three laps remaining.
Amazingly, Marc has won every Premier-class GP he has ever entered in the U.S., having also taken three MotoGP victories in Indianapolis and one in Laguna Seca; including his two Moto2 wins in the country, this is Marc’s 11th consecutive victory in the USA. That said, the last time the Repsol Honda man had stood atop the podium was when he clinched last year’s title in Motegi, Japan, last October, so this victory marked a welcome return to the top.
Marc’s win today also adds yet another important piece to Honda’s own domination in MotoGP events hosted in the USA. In fact, the last 14 MotoGP races on American tarmac have been won by Honda riders. (The last non-Honda MotoGP winner in the country was Jorge Lorenzo, at Laguna Seca in 2010.) Honda have therefore won 17 of the 22 premier-class Grand Prix races that have taken place in the USA during the MotoGP era.
With this result, Marc and Dani move up the Championship standings to third and sixth places, respectively.
The Circuit Of The Americas is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S. near Austin, Texas, with a 5.513km track and a capacity for 120,000 fans. Construction of the impressive 1000-acre facility was completed late in 2012, with MotoGP lining up at the track for the first time… read more.
|5.513 kilometres / 3.426 miles
|1.2 kilometres / 0.746 miles
|2018 (track repairs to the surface to smooth down bumps)
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd Austin, TX 78617 - View in Google Maps
|2m 01.892s (162.8 km/h) Francesco Bagnai (Ducati, 2023)
|2m 03.126s (161.1 km/h) Alex Rins (Honda, 2023)
|41m 14.649s (160.4 km/h) Alex Rins (Honda, 2023)
|2023 Sprint Winner
|Francesco Bagnai (Ducati)
|2023 Race Winner
|Alex Rins (Honda)